Goodman and Putnam on the making of worlds

D Cox*

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Hilary Putnam and Nelson Goodman are two of the twentieth century's most persuasive critics of metaphysical realism, however they disagree about the consequences of rejecting metaphysical realism. Goodman defended a view he called "irrealism" in which minds literally make worlds, and Putnam has sought to find a middle path between metaphysical realism and irrealism. I argue that Putnam's middle path turns out to be very elusive and defend a dichotomy between metaphysical realism and irrealism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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